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$1032 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 Days Omo Valley Tour

Day 1: Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. Visit the archeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam rock-hewn church and Melka Kunture pre-historic tool-making site. Final destination for the day is Awassa in reserved Hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa and proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze are known for their tall beehive-like houses and fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people and overnight in reserved Hotel. Day 3: Depart to Arba Minch for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. You will pass through the village of Weyto, which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village. Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. At night, you can see “Evangadi” traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe & Overnight in reserved lodge. Day 4: Take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi for a visit of the Hamer village. If lucky attend “Bull- jumping” traditional Hamer coming-ofage ceremony & Overnight in reserved lodge. Day 5: Drive to Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afer. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo. Afterwards, continue to Jinka & Overnight in reserved resort. Day 6: Drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village & Overnight in reserved resort. Day 7: Depart from Jinka to Arba Minch via Key Afer and Konso. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. After the visit, proceed to Konso, are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes, as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. You will visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. After the visit, proceed driving to Arba Minch & Overnight in a reserved lodge. Day 8: Drive to Addis Ababa from Arba Minch. In the evening you will have farewell party in one of Ethiopian traditional restaurant where you can see cultural music and dance. Then Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

$2300 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 days Omo Valley, Dorze and Arba Minch

Day 1 : Arba Minch to Dorze You will be met at Arba Minch airport and will take a beautiful drive up the mountains to Dorze village - home of Ethiopia's weavers.  You will enjoy a walking tour – visit the traditional bamboo houses, learn how to make the local bread from false banana tree, enjoy the market, watch women spinners and see the famous Dorze weavers. Stay overnight at Dorze Lodge, renowned for the spectacular views of the two Rift Valley lakes. After dinner, sit by the camp fire and enjoy the local singing and dancing.Day 2 : Dorze to Arba Minch (Lake Chamo and Nechisar National Park) After seeing sunrise, drive to Arba Minch and take a motor boat across Lake Chamo to visit Nechisar National Park. Take a gentle hike across the savannah and see zebras, gazelles and different types of animals. On the return boat ride, you will see giant crocodiles, hippos, local fishermen, pelicans and different types of birds. Spend the evening in Arba Minch. Stay overnight at Haile Resort.Day 3 : Arba Minch to Konso to Turmi Drive to Konso, a UNESCO world heritage site.  Your village walking tour will include Konso's renowned stone walled terraces and fortified settlements,  wooden statues (Waga), and stone steles (a complex system of marking the passing of leaders).  Drive to Turmi, a market town and home to the Hamer tribe.  Stay overnight at Turmi lodge.Day 4 : Karo tribe - Hamer market - Hamer village Spend the morning visiting the Karo tribe, famed for their body painting and elaborate headdresses - decorating with nature. Drive back to Turmi in time for the colourful afternoon Hamer market. If there is a coming of age ceremony, attend a bull jumping ceremony. Camp overnight with a BBQ in a Hamer village, where you will welcomed as a member of the family. Day 5 : Turmi - Omorate - Dassanech tribe - Jinka Drive to Omorate, on the Omo River, which is as deep as one can get into the Omo valley, without entering Kenya. Cross the river to visit Ethiopia's most southern tribe, Dassanech. Afterwards, drive to Jinka which is set in the hills above Mago National Park and capital of the Omo Valley.  You will visit the South-Omo Museum & Research Centre which hosts interesting exhibitions.  Stay overnight in an Eco lodge.Day 6 : Mursi and Ari tribes Drive through Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribe, famed for their unique lip plates. After lunch, visit the Ari Tribe, renowned for their pottery, agriculture and beautiful wall paintings. Stay overnight in an Eco lodge.Day 7 : Jinka to Arba Minch Drive through the Rift Valley which covered in acacia woodland and studded with lakes, it feels unequivocally African and there many opportunities to take stunning photographs. You will arrive back in Arba Minch in time for the afternoon flight to Addis Ababa.

$1300 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 days, Arba Minch and Dorze

Day 1 : Dorze You will be collected from your Arba Minch hotel or from the airport and drive to Dorze.  Enjoy our Dorze walking tour – along the way visit the traditional bamboo houses, spend time with a family learning how to make the local bread from false banana tree, enjoy the colourful market, watch the women spinning and see the famous Dorze weavers. Stay overnight at Dorze Lodge, renowned for the spectacular views of the two Rift Valley lakes. After dinner, sit by the camp fire and join in with the local village’s singing and dancing.Day 2 : Arba Minch - Lake Chamo and Nechisar National Park After breakfast, drive to Arba Minch and take a motor boat across Lake Chamo to visit Nechisar National Park. Take a gentle hike across the savannah and see zebras, gazelles and different types of animals. On the return boat ride, you will see giant crocodiles, hippos, local fishermen, pelicans and different types of birds. Spend the evening in Arba Minch. Stay overnight at Paradise Lodge or Haile Resort.Day 3 : Arba Minch - Forty Springs, Rainforest and walking tour After breakfast, drive to the Forty Springs and spend time in the rainforest, visit the springs, take a gentle hike to see bamboos, Columbus monkeys and waterhogs. Conclude your tour with a dip in the cool natural swimming pool. After lunch, visit Arba Minch market or enjoy our popular Arba Minch walking tour which concludes with a coffee ceremony.  We will take you to either your hotel or the airport.Add an extra day to your tour and visit one of the world heritage villages in Konso.

$2126 Multi-day & Extended Tours

OMO Valley - the unique wilderness in 7 days

Day 1:  Arrive Addis AbabaArrive at Bole (ADD),  Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Transfer to Jupiter Hotel (4 Star).A half day city tour is included in the rate. You visit the National Museum (Lucy), one of the churches in Addis, the Merkato and enjoy the view from the Entoto Mountain.Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch-Tia Stele (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (B-D) In the morning, start driving south to Tiya, where you will see the southern-most example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stele which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These steles are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers.After lunch, we will continue driving to Arbaminch on the way visiting the different small villages Welyita at Sodo and Alaba at Tembaro. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Day 3: Arbaminch-Jinka (B-Picnic Lunch-D) After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso, Tsemai, and Ari. The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. Overnight: Omo Eco-Jinka.                       Day 4: Jinka-Mago-Mursi-Jinka (B-Picnic Lunch-D)After breakfast, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. The Mursi, undoubtedly the most celebrated residents of South Omo are distinctive group of pastoralists. The Mursi are best known for their unique item of decoration, After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and drive to Turmi. Overnight: Buska LodgeDay 5:  Turmi-Omorate (B-Picnic Lunch-D)In the cool morning, we will drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat. In the afternoon, we will drive to Hamer Village. The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations.  At the same village we might enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi. Overnight: Buska Lodge Day 6: Turmi-Arbaminch (B-D)In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay. In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles. Hippopotamus and many beautiful aquatic birds. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arbaminch Day 7: Arbaminch –Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)In the morning, drive back to Addis Ababa en-route visiting the different small towns like Shashemene where Rastafarian lives, Ziway and one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes Ziway. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport.B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner

$3576 Cultural & Theme Tours

HIGHLIGHTS OF ETHIOPIA: THE HISTORIC ROUTE & TRIBES OF THE OMO VALLEY 13 DAYS

Day 1:  Arrive Addis AbabaArrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), he rest of the day, you will have city tour of Addis AbabaO/N HotelDay 2: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar (B-D)Fly to Bahirdar. At Bahirdar, Boat cruise over Lake Tana. In the afternoon you will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.O/N HotelDay 3: Bahirdar -Gondar –UNESCO World Heritage Site (B-D)Drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside This afternoon, you will visit the ancient city.O/N HotelDay 4:  Gondar-Axum-UNESCO World Heritage Site (B- D)Flight to Axum. In the afternoon you will start to visit the ancient city of Axum.O/N HotelDay 6: Axum-Lalibela -UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. (B-D)Flight to Lalibela, You will visit te first group of churches.O/N HotelDay 6: Asheten Mariam-Lalibela (B-D)Mule ride, and /or walk to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, Afternoon visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches.O/N HotelDay 7: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Langano (B-D)Flight to Addis Ababa. Drive to  Lake Langano. Stop at Lake Ziway.O/N LodgeDay 8: Langano-Dorze-Arbaminch (B-D)When we approach Arbaminch town, we will make visit mountain village of Chencha  This is the home of the Dorze people. O/N HotelDay 9: Arbaminch-Jinka (B-Picknic Lunch-D)Drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people which include the Konso, Tsemai, and Ari.O/N LodgeDay 10: Jinka-Mago-Mursi-Jinka (B- Picknic Lunch-D)Drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. The Mursi are best known for their unique item of decoration, lip plates. Picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and drive to Turmi.O/N LodgeDay 11:  Turmi-Omorate (B-Picknic Lunch- D)Drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb). In the afternoon, we will drive to Hamer Village. The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. O/N LodgeDay 12: Turmi-Arbaminch (B-D)Drive back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay.In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles. Hippopotamus and many beautiful aquatic birds.  O/N LodgeDay 13: Arbaminch – Tia Stele (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)In the morning, drive back to Addis Ababa en-route visiting the pre historic Tyia Steles.In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back home. End of tour!

$1800 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Omo Valley Tribal Tour, 5 days

Day 01: Arrival and Addis Ababa city Tour. Day 02: Fly from Addis to Arbaminch. We drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. Drive to Konso. O/n Edget Hotel Day 03: Visit Konso in the morning. Drive to Turmi. On the way visit available markets. The Konso village terracing is registered by UNESCO as Ethiopia’s 9th world heritage site. The landscape formed by erosion called “New York” to compare boldly with skyscraper buildings in USA. After visiting the Macheke village of Waka & their god statues head to the closest Omo valley villages. o/n Kizo lodge Day 04: Drive to Omorate in the morning. At Omorate Dassanech tribes live. After you take the boat ride or swim pass you will get to the amazing Dasenech tribes, sharing some cultures with the Kenyan Turkana. Yes! you are only some 30 Km away from Kenya and Turkana territory. Visit Hammer villages in the afternoon. o/n Kizo lodge Day 05: Drive to Kurcho the village of Karo Tribes in the morning. In the  afternoon drive to Jinka.  Key Afar village Thursday’s market is an advantage to see at least 3 tribes before heading to Jinka in one hour. o/n Eyob Pension Day 06: Morning drive to Mago National Park to visit Mursi tribes. The trip from Jinka is to see a collection of many representative tribe market dominated by Ari people as a principal town of Omo Valley region. It can be a hub to divert into one of the renowned tribes especially to Mursi known by their girls putting clay plates on their lips. In the afternoon drive back to Jinka for your return flight to Addis Ababa. o/n Departure